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Tom Morello

Lesson time 2:40 min

Tom wraps up his class with a few parting words and an artistic challenge to you: “Envision something that goes beyond what anybody’s imagined before—” and never stop pushing.

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Tom Morello
Teaches Electric Guitar
In 26 lessons, Grammy-winning musician Tom Morello will teach you the guitar techniques, rhythms, and riffs that define his signature style.
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If only I had $1 for every time someone said to me, shut up and play guitar. Stop mixing politics with music. And what I always respond is when I picked up a guitar, I didn't put down my First Amendment rights. I don't think it's important to combine activism and music. It is for me. What is important is to combine what you believe in and the music that you make. Make sure there's not a firewall between who you are, what you believe in, and what you do in your art. There's a extra hot place in hell for artists who have convictions and who stifle them for commercial gain. For me, it's always been damn the torpedoes. This is who I am. This is what I believe in. I can't help myself but let that leak its way into-- pour its way into what I do as a guitarist and as a songwriter. So I'm not encouraging you to be political in your songwriting. What I'm encouraging you to be is honest in your songwriting. And whatever it is that you care about, write about that. But an important part of the human experience is the struggle for a more decent and just planet. An important part of human experience is love, is romance, is sizzurp. But don't-- you can write about-- if that's important to you, then by all means write about it, because I want to hear your authentic story. Right now you're a guitar player, and you don't know what your potential is. So find out. You might be the one to think of things that none of us have ever thought up before. You can use the building blocks that some others have given you. But the future, as my man Joe Strummer said on my favorite rock and roll T-shirt of all time, the future is unwritten. The future's unwritten. There's no telling what it can be. You're the one that can write it. You can stand on the sidelines with your art, with your politics, or you can envision something that goes beyond what anybody's imagined before as an artist or in creating a better world. It's entirely 100% up to you. [MUSIC PLAYING]


Strike a Chord

Tom Morello is a two-time Grammy winner and one of Rolling Stone’s "greatest guitarists of all time." In his first online guitar class, the co-founder of Rage Against the Machine will teach you the riffs, rhythms, and solos that launched his career and sent his music to the top of the charts. Tom will share his approach to making music that challenges the status quo and teach you how to create your own musical style.



Reviews

4.7
Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

I feel like giving up most of the time. This class has kept me inspired.

It made me believe in myself and that all of this was attainable.

I am a much Better Guitar Player after having started this Class! :D Thank You Tom Morello! See you on The Touring Circuit! :D Hoc Ly! :D

I'm late to the game, but Tom's words and advice have been inspirational. He's a tremendously likeable, enthusiastic and practical guy who is down-to-earth despite his fame and achievements. There is no better combination for a teacher of any subject, especially the guitar, and in the overhyped world of rock music. Thanks so much.


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A fellow student

SOOOOOOOOO GOOOODDDDD!!!! Tom you're actually insane. This masterclass has helped me improve as a guitar player and artist like I never thought possible. I am so glad this is a thing and can't thank you enough. Forever a legend thank you so much! Love you man.

Wilfred

Tom Morello is a great teacher. I loved this masterclass. I could not ask for anything more. It was perfect.

Chris C.

Incredibly insightful & a Real fire stoker! As a fellow Bruce fan, I remember seeing the video of that Anaheim show, and seeing the look on Bruce’s face, as he watched that solo go down, and feeling the joy he felt, as he saw something happen that he never envisioned. Had the same chance to take my 12 year old daughter to see Bruce & you play ... at the time, your solo was what she most looked forward to. Thanks for sharing your passion! Look forward to more classes from you.

MJ V.

Awesome class. I am a singer/songwriter/producer/pianist with basic guitar knowledge. This class has given me incuragement in all fields and make me believe I can be a great guitarist as well, by tuning into my own uniqueness and my eagerness to learn. Thanks Tom! :)

RENE G.

Never is too late. The future is unwritten. I am a banker in my 40s and I formed a band for an event in 2018, unfortunately two of the members were moving out of the city. But I am not giving up and I will form a new band in 2019. Keep on rocking in the free world!

Alfredo L.

Excellent. I took this course because I wanted to be a rocker when I was young. Too bad there was not a course like this then. After hearing Tom I felt eager to try the music again. It is truly inspiring. I think I'm going to take it again. Tom gives everything he knows so easily

Dave H.

Damn, dude. That was by far the best Masterclass I have seen. Not everyone on the Masterclass list can teach. Morello delivers and then some. Well-organized, thoughtful, and fun. Nothing was held back, all the secrets were revealed. Tom is not only a good guitarist and teacher, but a great human being. Well done, sir!

Janos V.

I haven't touched a guitar in over 15 years, and this Masterclass has motivated me to do so. I've recently been learning bass guitar, and this Masterclass and Tom's unique perspective has helped me look at music differently in a very positive way. Thank you, Tom.

Seth B.

Tom, what a great human being. That is the first thing I got here. Second, of course I heard of Rage but I never had patience for heavy music but each song you referenced I went to YouTube and watched a live performance or listened to the studio recording, having spent so much ‘virtual’ time with you and hearing your process, those songs came to life for me in a whole new and meaningful way. Thank you for being so authentic and sharing your life’s work. Good luck in everything!

James A.

I’m 37. If I had watched this at 17, my life would have turned out much differently. Thank you, Tom, for your music and your teaching.